With under one week to go until the SWATCH GIRLS PRO China hosted by Wanning commences on the idyllic, tropical shores of Hainan Island, the lineup has been announced for a $10,000 prize purse specialty Noserider division. In another first for the groundbreaking SWATCH GIRLS PRO China hosted by Wanning (along with being the historic debut of international competition in China), the Noserider division will be a unisex event, pitting the skills of male and female surfers against each other. An eclectic 10-surfer field of some of the very finest purveyors of longboard finesse vying for $3,500 first place in the Noserider division includes the likes of Endless Summer 2 star ‘Wingnut’ Weaver (USA), surfer/model Crystal Dzigas (HAW), surfer/artist Christian Wach (USA), leading European pro longboarder Sam Bleakley (UK) as well as top contenders from the main event like Lindsay Steinreide (USA) and Kassia Meador (USA). While westerners may be sometimes referred to in Chinese colloquialism as the ‘Chang Bizi’ (long noses), it will be their skills regarding the other kind of nose, the ones of the front of their performance longboards, that these surfers will be hoping to impress the judges with in the South China Sea. Event sponsors Swatch have also announced that Swatch ProTeam rider and 2008 ASP World Junior Champ Pauline Ado (FRA) will be attending the groundbreaking event, as well as Anne-Flore Marxer, Swatch snowboard pro rider and reigning Freeride World Champion. This event marks the second partnership between women's surfing and Swatch, which already sponsors the SWATCH GIRLS PRO France, ASP 6-star women’s event. For more information go to: www.swatchgirlspro.com
[frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/oceanides.poster-195x300.jpg" href="a href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/oceanides.poster.jpg"] Date: October 15th Event: Oceanides, film screening and art opening Art by: Lorene Carpentier & Julie Goldstein Doors: 6.30pm (for art opening, dinner and drinks) Film: 8pm Details: The San Diego Surf Ladies have teamed up with The Loft on the UCSD campus for one of the very first screenings of new movie Oceanides. Oceanides: A surf movie about women and oceans was directed by Lorene Carpentier and made possible by the Keep a Breast Foundation. The Loft will be featuring this San Diego premiere of the film starring outstanding female surf talent from the likes of Kassia Meador, Jen Smith, Julie Cox and Leah Dawson. In addition to the screening the evening will serve as an art opening for work by Lorene and Cardiff based surfer and artist Julie Goldstein. The doors open at 6.30 and The Loft also has an in house restaurant and wine bar so you can come get dinner, check out the artwork and see the movie!! Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204924806241925 Website: http://www.artpwr.com/events/884 Film Trailer: http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/?p=2047
Champagne flying over the Roxy Pro awards' ceremony, newly crowned champion Lindsey Steinriede (California, USA) enjoying her win in front of a cheering crowds. Photo ©ASP/Bonnarme FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America BIARRITZ, France (Monday, July 18, 2011) – The first stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Tour saw a dominant performance by the Californian contingent with Lindsay Steinriede (Dana Point), CA), 26, defeating two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (San Diego, CA), 23, to win the Roxy Pro Biarritz and establish herself as the frontrunner among the world’s best female longboarders. The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT consists of two events with the final event unfolding at the Swatch Girls Pro in China. Steinriede put on a stellar performance while taking her first major elite ASP victory and built momentum throughout the day before earning the event’s highest single-wave score of an 7.5 in the final to secure her victory over Smith. “It feels amazing, I don’t think it has really set in yet and it is slowly starting to,” Steinriede said. “Champagne in the face kind of wakes you up more. (laughs) . I think I am still in shock right now. I was in the final and I won and now it is all over. It is just crazy.” Steinriede was consistent throughout the final day of competition and earned two of the highest-heat totals before topping her compatriot in the Final and is now the woman to be in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Longboard Title. “I started out with such a hard heat in my quarter-final so I knew that I had to be on top of my game and just do what I can,” Steinriede said. “She (Smith) is always someone hard to beat in the final or in any heat. She is a great competitor and there wasn’t any bad blood out there so it was a fun final.” Clockwise from upper left: Lindsay Steinriede, Roxy Pro Champion; Jennifer Smith, Runner-Up; Ophelie Ah-Kouen, 3rd Place; Kassia Meador, 3rd Place. All photos ©ASP/Bonnarme. Smith ousted fellow American standouts Kassia Meador and Kelly Nicely in her Semifinals and Quarterfinals heats, but was unable to find the scores needed in the Final’s tricky conditions to surpass Steinriede. “I had no pressure, at least not any more than in my past finals here but the waves turned off and it wasn’t easy,” Smith said. “I am so proud of Lindsay (Steinriede), she deserves to win after getting such good scores the whole event.” Smith, who has won two Roxy Pro Biarritz titles, now sits at No. 2 on the ASP Women’s WLT rankings and is still in excellent position to potentially clinch a third ASP WLT Crown entering the final event of the season. Kassia Meador was also a strong addition on the California front at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. The iconic longboarding talent marched to an equal 3rd place result in France when she fell to eventual runner-up, Smith, in the Semifinals. “It is my best result this year, I have had a great time and if I am going to lose to anybody I want it to be Jennifer (Smith),” Meador said. “I tried as hard as I could and I am stoked. I am looking forward to China, it’s going to be a whole new vibe. I’m looking forward to a new place and a whole new culture and waves and of course coming back here to France next year. I always love coming here, great waves and parties and can’t wait for it.” The 2011 ASP Women’s WLT Champion will be crowned at the inaugural Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning. For Roxy Pro Biarritz highlights log on to http://roxylive.com/ For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com ROXY PRO LONGBOARD RESULTS FINAL 1st, Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 12.40 2nd, Jennifer Smith (USA), 5.60 SEMIFINALS Heat 1 : Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 14.75 def. Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 9.15 Heat 2 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.85 def. Kassia Meador (USA) 11.40 QUARTERFINALS Heat 1 : Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) 7.60 def. Amy Trujillo (USA) 5.45 Heat 2 : Lindsay Steinreide (USA) 15.40 def. Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 11.25 Heat 3 : Kassia Meador (USA) 11.25 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 7.50 Heat 4 : Jennifer Smith (USA) 11.00 def. Kelly Nicely (USA) 10.25 *All photos above ©ASP/Bonnarme
[youtube width="608" height="371" video_id="bdMw9HwGehY"] Directed by Lorène Carpentier | Presented by The Keep A Breast Foundation OCEANIDES is a poetic vision of surfers, nymphs, along Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Caribbean, Coral, and Tasmanian Seas... these places become the theatre of marine and submarine visions of light and life. Surfers: Margaux Arramon-Tucco, Rochelle Ballard, Jodie Barsby, Claire Bevilacqua, Hélène Chabeaud, Melissa Combo, Julie Cox, Lee Ann Curren, Leah Dawson, Pandora Decoster, Charlotte Hand, Rosie Locke, Kassia Meador, Coline Ménard, Candice O'Donnell, Jen Smith and friends. Film Tour Dates: July: France | October: California | November: Mexico & Hawaii For more information, photos and tour dates, please visit http://www.oceanides.org/
For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International Roxy Pro Biarritz ASP Women’s World Title Event 6 of 7 Biarritz, France July 11 – 17, 2011 Pictured: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, will continue her 2011 campaign at the newly-minted Roxy Pro in Biarritz. Credit: © ASP / ROBERTSON ASP International Confirms Roxy Pro in Biarritz to ASP Women’s World Title Schedule VILLA BELZA, Biarritz/France (Thursday, April 28, 2011) –ASP International and Roxy are proud to confirm that the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title (WLT) event that traditionally comes to Biarritz during July will be joined this year by the ASP Top 17 as well as wildcard Lee-Ann Curren (FRA), 20, for the sixth event of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season, the Roxy Pro Biarritz. The newly-minted event offers a dream line-up, including reigning four-time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, current ASP Women’s World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, lethal rookie Tyler Wright (AUS), 17, as well as the remainder of the ASP Top 17. The world’s best female surfers will surf alongside the some of the world’s best noseriders, including Jennifer Smith (USA) double World Champion and icon of the discipline, Kassia Meador (USA). The two competitions will be run during the same period. The Roxy Jam will be renamed the Roxy Pro for this occasion. On the longboard side, the girls will compete in the first of two legs of the ASP Women’s World Longboard Circuit in Biarritz on the Cote des Basques, whilst the surfers will compete in their penultimate event of the season at nearby Villa Belza, or at one of neighboring spots, which will have a mobile structure to have the best wave conditions. The Roxy Pro, July 11th - 17th July in Biarritz: · First of two legs of the ASP Women’s World Longboard Championship 2011. · Sixth and penultimate event of the ASP World Shortboard Championship 2011. The Roxy Pro in Biarritz will be webcast LIVE via www.roxy.com The Roxy Pro in Biarritz will exist as the penultimate event on the current 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season: - Roxy Pro Gold Coast (won by Carissa Moore) - Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach (won by Sally Fitzgibbons) - Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival in New Zealand - Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney - Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil - Roxy Pro in Biarritz - US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
Photos & Words by Chris Grant | Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com In 2003 for no apparent reason that I can recall, I registered the domain name JettyGirl.com. Wanting to revisit a hobby I hadn't done much since high school, in the spring of 2005 I gathered together as many coins as I could find and purchased a Canon 20D along with a lens that was better known for bird photography than for surf photography, the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L. At times it's been humbling to set up my gear between professional photographers and their 600mm behemoths and at others I've been asked by a few pro surfers why I'm using such a small lens on a particular day. Overall though, I have to admit that this quirky little "bird" lens has treated me well these past six years. On July 21, 2005 I was standing on the beach at Oceanside Harbor taking photos of a couple of good friends. Midway through the session I caught sight of a young female surfer on a bright orange Ambrose speeding along an inside right. Nothing excites a surf photographer more than watching a surfer carry speed because you know when a section looms up, something good is going to happen ...so I quickly tracked her through my camera as she approached a foamy, little closeout section. I would have never guessed it at the time but Kim Mayer's energetic tail throw off the foamy section would become the first stepping stone toward the future launch of JettyGirl. I can remember this turn like it was yesterday and as I searched the outside peaks, I discovered that Kim was not alone but was surfing with a talented group of women that included Kyla Langen, Prue Jeffries, Claire Bevilacqua, Kassia Meador, Mary Bagalso, Summer Romero, Malia Fuertes and CJ Soto. After this first session I became friends with this crew (except for Claire who I didn't meet in person until 2006) and we began to shoot occasionally when they were in town. At the urging of someone, probably Kyla Langen, I began sending in some photos to Sunshine Makarow's fantastic surf magazine, Surf Life for Women. Sunshine gave me my first chance and she started using some of my images in her surf mag, even crediting one of my photos of Sofia Mulanovich to Jim Russi to which I'm still honored years later. My mind goes blurry at this point but I believe in late 2005, both Surf Life for Women and SG Magazine shut their doors for good ...which left the United States with exactly zero surf magazines geared toward female surfers. I couldn't believe that I had found a nice surf photography niche and it had disappeared right when I was getting started. More than that though, these talented friends of mine had lost two important publications that had reliably showcased women ripping in waves big and small on boards long and short. The wheels in my mind began to turn... what was that domain name I had registered a while back... JettyGirl? Could I possibly do anything with that? Thank the Lord for the long lines at Disneyland for it was while standing in line after line that my wife and I discussed creating a little online surf magazine for women. By now it was a foregone conclusion that the name would be JettyGirl and we set about getting it launched by January 2006. Our original idea was to provide in-depth coverage of one girl each month and when it came to who was going to be our first subject, there was one person in my mind who deserved it more than anyone else, Kim Mayer. I can't overstate this fact ...if there was no Kim Mayer doing that little tailslide in front of my camera earlier in the year, there would never have been a JettyGirl. Kim is epic in every way! She absolutely shreds in the water, is simply dripping with style, owns the most endearing of laughs and has a smile that lights up any room she enters. (Sidebar: I've railed on the surf industry plenty for being narrowly focused and shortsighted in who they give support to but nowhere have I seen them blow it more than in the case of Kim Mayer. The girl has it all ...brains, beauty (inside and out) and blistering turns and it's been ridiculous to see someone of her caliber without a major sponsor during her career. Props to Hotline Wetsuits for recognizing true talent and for supporting Kim with wetsuits all these years. I wish at least one of the clothing companies would have had your same foresight and wisdom.) Instead of following a chronological series of events in the development of JettyGirl, I'm going to bounce around with this ongoing feature ...sometimes posting stories while at other times just sticking a photo on the wall with a simple caption. Thank you for reading this first installment of "Reflecting on a New Venture" and thank you for all of your support for our little grassroots project. Without all of you readers we wouldn't be continuing and without you Kim, we would have never even started.
In late 2009 Kassia Meador approached me about a project she was working on with Roxy Japan. Kassia was designing her first line of wetsuits for Roxy and needed some images for the first batch of samples that she had worked on. We recently caught up with Kassia to see if she'll be doing some more design work in the future. Here's what she had to say... JettyGirl: At the US Open last summer it seemed like every Roxy-sponsored surfer from around the globe was wearing your signature line of wetsuits. Was that a one-time thing or will you be designing more Roxy products in the future? Kassia Meador: That's awesome to hear! Yeah, it seems like people were pretty jazzed with my designs. Stoked because I just wanted to make something a little different and get people jazzed on what they were wearing in the water. It's been working so far. I just designed my second line a few months back and that should be coming out soon. I'm planning on doing two lines a year with Roxy from now on. It's a lot of fun and as long as people keep digging it then that's sweet! 2004 ASP World Champion Sofia Mulanovich is one of the many Roxy riders wearing Kassia Meador-designed wetsuits as seen here at Lower Trestles last summer. Kassia Meador testing out her own wetsuit designs on a beautiful, warm Southern California afternoon. JG: It's not easy to place Kassia Meador in one category. There's your surf career, your ever-growing blog, design work, and film and photography projects. Is there any one particular area that's more fulfilling than the others and if so, why? KM: For me it's a balance of everything that keeps me sane...hahaha. No, but I really need a lot of different things going on to keep me inspired and stoked. A one-dimensional existence just isn't me. I really feel that all my passions reflect each other and I find inspiration through everything for all my projects. JG: Given the chance to surf once-in-a-lifetime waves or to pick up your camera for a once-in-a-lifetime shoot, which would you choose and why? KM: It just really depends on my mood at the time. When I'm really amped on surfing of course I would choose that. But sometimes I'm just into shooting and not really caring what the waves are doing ...so yeah, it would just depend on my head at the time and where I was at. JG: Being that you're one of the most successful pro surfers of all-time, do you have any advice for young groms and surfer artists who are just starting out? KM: I don't know about that but thank you for the boost of confidence, ha. I dont know, the only thing I have to say is follow your bliss wherever that takes you. If you're coming from a genuine place, whatever you are doing will reflect the pure intention you put into it and it'll be rad! JG: In closing, do you have any noteworthy film projects, photo assignments or surf trips coming up in 2011? KM: I'm working on a film this year so that's been fun, also have a book project I'm working on with a good friend and mentor David Mushegain. It's a big undertaking so were hoping to be done in the next two years. As for everything else, I don't really plan ahead too much ...when rad things come up I'm into it and that's just how it goes....sweet!
Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT / JETTYGIRL.COM
Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT / JETTYGIRL.COM